By Jane Baird LONDON (Reuters) - As museums worldwide strive to draw in young people, Tate Britain could place itself at the cutting edge with a project for Internet viewers to drive robots around its galleries at weekends, shining lights and cameras on artworks that loom out of the dark. "We wanted ways to use technology to increase our audience reach and new ways to connect people with art," said Jane Burton, the Tate's head of creative content.
It's Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" from the perspective of the villain, with Angelina Jolie playing the part of the big baddie herself. This new 1m30s trailer borrows imagery from the 1959 original animated feature, cementing Maleficent's status as the Mistress of All Evil. And where Princess Aurora benefits from her fairy godmothers' blessing, Maleficent has a darker secret to share. Accordingly, the main attraction will always be Angelina Jolie as a terrible witch, resplendant in period dress suited to the surrounding gothic architecture, while Elle Fanning is presented as the innocent Aurora.
The two actors have joined the cast of a forthcoming fantasy film from Italian director Matteo Garrone, according to Variety. Mexican-born actress Salma Hayek will share the screen with French actor Vincent Cassel in this adaptation of three Italian fairy tales from Giambattista Basile's "Lo cunto de li cunti." The English-language feature is positioned to bring a modern perspective to the 17th-century stories. Italian director Matteo Garrone will begin shooting "The Tale of Tales" this spring in his home country.
The two actors become Artemisia and Themistokles in a popular epic that will extend the success of "300" (2007), based on the Frank Miller graphic novel. This third trailer for "300: Rise of an Empire" focuses on the rivalry between the Persian, Artemisia, and Athenian, Themistokles, after the defeat of Spartan king Leonidas as related in the previous film. Directed by Noam Murro ("Smart People," 2008), the feature film is expected to premiere on March 7 (a day or two earlier in some European and South East Asian countries) and will focus on the naval battle of Salamis in 480 BC, utilizing a host of digital effects.
(Reuters) - Visions of what Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would do to promote civil rights in 2014, had he not been slain decades ago, marked speeches and commemorations held across the country to honor his memory on Monday. Recalling King's famous "I Have a Dream," speech, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said the late civil rights leader would want school children to hear it as a call to stay in school and become educated to better the world. "We need to swap the lesson plan for a dream plan," Reed told a crowd at Ebenezer Baptist Church gathered for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day federal holiday. He said King would want children to hear: "You are not going to school just to study math, you're going to school to be somebody." In New York City, newly elected Mayor Bill de Blasio, who swept into office promising broader opportunities for poorer residents, said at a tribute: "Dr. King would tell us we can't wait" to bring income equality to New Yorkers.
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — For the past six years, every feature film chosen by the Producers Guild of America for its top honor has gone on to win the best-picture prize at the Academy Awards. Sunday night, Steve McQueen's historical epic "12 Years a Slave" and Alfonso Cuaron's space odyssey "Gravity" tied for the guild's highest honor.